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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Raphael Brock, (817) 732-0761; raphael.brock@tpwd.texas.gov ]
April 12, 2011
Catfish Stockings in DFW-area Lakes to Begin Next Week
ATHENS--Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will begin stocking channel catfish the week of April 18 into several DFW-area lakes that are part of the Neighborhood Fishin' program.
DFW has five Neighborhood Fishin' sites: South Lakes Park in Denton, City Lake Park in Mesquite, Greenbriar Park in Fort Worth, Chisholm Park in Hurst, and Lakeside Park in Duncanville. Stockings will take place every two weeks until the end of October, except during the month of August.
Stockings are planned for the following weeks:
--April 18;
--May 2, 16 and 30;
--June 13 and 27;
--July 11 and 25;
--September 5 and 19; and
--October 3, 17 and 21.
Exact dates for stocking may vary and are not announced in advance in order to spread fishing pressure over the entire week.
Anyone 17 years or older needs a fishing license to fish at the Neighborhood Fishin' locations, and anglers can use no more than two poles while fishing. The bag limit for channel catfish is five fish per day with no minimum length limit.
Neighborhood Fishin' is a cooperative effort between TPWD and local cities to promote fishing in community fishing lakes. For more information visit www.neighborhoodfishin.org.
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Raphael Brock, (817) 732-0761 ]
April 12, 2011
Lake Arlington Catfish Population Booming
ATHENS--Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) gillnetting surveys reveal channel catfish numbers in Lake Arlington are not only increasing, but the fish appear to be getting bigger.
In fact, Philip Bonham of North Richland Hills recently caught the new lake record, a nine-pounder.
"Results from Lake Arlington reveal a very good channel catfish population," said Raphael Brock, a TPWD Inland Fisheries biologist. "In fact, the catch rates observed this spring are the highest recorded for the lake. The size range of channel cats captured was also very good, with high catch rates of fish over five and ten pounds."
The highest catch rates were of fish 11 to 13 inches long, with the longest fish recorded being 30 inches long. Catfish harvested from Lake Arlington must be at least 12 inches long, and there is a 25-fish-per-day bag limit.
"Lake Arlington has always had one of the best channel catfish populations of any lake in the DFW area, and it appears it is only getting better," Brock said. "Anglers should take advantage of this good fish population."
A fishing license is required to fish at Lake Arlington for anyone who is 17 years of age and older. If you are using a boat, a permit from the City of Arlington is also required; it can be obtained from the lake office located at the Richard Simpson boat ramp, 6300 W. Arkansas Lane.
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